Review: The Editor by Steven Rowley

Title: The Editor
Author: Steven Rowly
Release Date: April 2, 2019
Pages: 320
Format: e-ARC
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary

After years of trying to make it as a writer in 1990s New York City, James Smale finally sells his novel to an editor at a major publishing house: none other than Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Jackie--or Mrs. Onassis, as she's known in the office--has fallen in love with James's candidly autobiographical novel, one that exposes his own dysfunctional family. But when the book's forthcoming publication threatens to unravel already fragile relationships, both within his family and with his partner, James finds that he can't bring himself to finish the manuscript.Jackie and James develop an unexpected friendship, and she pushes him to write an authentic ending, encouraging him to head home to confront the truth about his relationship with his mother. Then a long-held family secret is revealed, and he realizes his editor may have had a larger plan that goes beyond the page...

I am sitting in my living room, on my couch, trying to think of the best way to do this. Most times it is so easy to write about how much you loved a book but then there is alway those certain books that leave you in a state of numbness and all you can think And in no way is this wow a bad response. This "wow" is the culmination of all the emotions I am currently feeling and how much love and adoration I have for this book. 

We are in 1999 with James Smale who lands a publishing deal and soon finds out that his editor will be no other than Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. With guidance from his editor, James will delve  more into his book, into his family life and uncover a secret that will not only change the ending to his book but bring about a whole new perspective to his family. 

James has this drive. He is confident but I thought there was this vulnerability that he held but this is what made his so much more relatable to me. There was a part missing and Jacqueline helped him find it. There was more to his story that although he was confident in finding it, he just needed that extra push. James succeeded, he struggled, he loved, he was everything we need in a character. 

Steven Rowley not only writes well needed characters, he has this ability to calm the mind when you read. I was enamored by the story he wrote. The relationship between James and Daniel, his family dynamics, and the growing friendship with him and Jacqueline. There were moments I found myself pausing. I do not know why but it wasn't in boredom, that is for sure. It was in marvel. 

I am still sitting in my living room thinking about what I read. Thinking about the times this book made me smile, made me cry, even made me want to go hug someone. I was thinking about how much I loved this story and how much you will love it too. Steven Rowley is pure genius. He has a knack for writing and for creating memories. The Editor is a must read! 


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